Good Morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to plant your peas, look for ospreys and wear some green!
• We’re expecting light rain before 2 p.m. today, with a high near 54, and then clouds for the rest of the day. The temperature will drop down to the low 20s tonight, with blustery winds between 17 and 23 miles per hour and wind chill values between 15 and 20 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny and windy, with a high near 38 and wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees.
• St. Patrick’s Day is the official time that ospreys start returning to the East End from wintering in the Southern Hemisphere. Though we’ve been hearing what sound like osprey calls over the past week in the marsh behind Beacon headquarters, we haven’t yet seen any of our fish hawks here. Osprey researcher Rob Bierregaard, who has placed tracking devices on several North Fork birds over the past few years, has been following their northward journey on his website, www.ospreytrax.com. At this point, most of his birds on the move are en route to New England, but Edwin, from Fishers Island, was heading north from Brazil through Colombia when he last checked in on Feb. 15 (he’s the white trail on the map above). North Fork Bob, perhaps the most famous of Mr. Bierregaard’s birds, may still be chilling in his winter home in Venezuela, but his radio tracker, which he received way back in 2010, began to miss some transmissions over the winter.
“I won’t be surprised if we lose track of him like we did last year with his 2010 clasmate Sr. Bones,” said Mr. Bierregaard on his website this winter.
• If you missed last weekend’s spate of St. Patrick’s Day parading, there are still some great parades left this coming weekend on the East End. Our full listings are online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the South Fork Health Initiative, the YMCA, renovations at Duck Creek Farm, Indian Wells Beach alcohol restrictions and the town’s air traffic control tower at their 10 a.m. work session this morning at town hall. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Hampton Theatre Company always seem to shine when given a meaty, topical play to work with, and right now, given the unraveling of race relations in the heart of the country, it doesn’t seem there could be a more relevant play for them to produce than “Clybourne Park.” The Beacon’s review of their latest production, which runs through March 29, is online here.
• The Flanders-Riverside-Northampton Community Association is holding their first-ever 5K Run/Walk to benefit their scholarship fund, this Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at the Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 on the day of the race. Their online registration forms are here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.